Nicholas Spake

Review: Cinderella

Chances are you either love or hate last year’s “Maleficent” and Tim Burton’s 2010 remake of “Alice in Wonderland.” Personally, I’m split on them. Both films have some dazzling visuals, standout performances, and inspired ideas. Compared to their animated predecessors … Continue reading

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Review: Chappie

While “District 9” was indeed a good film, it’s possible that we might have overhyped it back in 2009. The story of a man who suddenly finds himself siding with “savages” in an oppressive society had been done countless times … Continue reading

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Review: Plain Clothes

Sam Jaeger previously played a Navy Seal that fought alongside Bradley Cooper’s Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” a film that tackled the brutal repercussions war has on the faith, sanity, and family life of soldiers. “Plain Clothes,” a new short … Continue reading

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Focus Review

“Focus” is a slick con flick that’s occasionally reminiscent of David Mamet’s tragically overlooked “House of Games.” It’s not as smart as that 1987 buried treasure. It is, however, about as much fun as the best films in the “Ocean’s” … Continue reading

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Review: The Duff

Hollywood gives many actresses the impression that if they’re not a perfect ten, they’ll never be more than a voiceover performer. Mae Whitman has done some marvelous voice work in shows like “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja … Continue reading

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Review: McFarland, USA

Why do we keep going to see sports movies like “McFarland, USA?” We all know what’s going to happen. A down on his luck coach finds himself teaching a ragtag team of misfits. At first they won’t be any good, … Continue reading

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Review: Fifty Shades of Gray

Even before “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit theaters, everybody seemed to have their own preordained opinion about the eagerly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ bestseller. Those who couldn’t put the book down said it would be the sexiest movie ever … Continue reading

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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Daniel Craig and directors like Sam Mendes have done an exceptional job at reinventing James Bond with a grittier, more serious tone. As superb as some of Mr. Bond’s recent outings have been, particularly “Skyfall,” a part of us all … Continue reading

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